Hospice is Still Special By Kristina Newport, M.D. – When socializing with fellow young physicians, most of whom are not in palliative medicine, I am reminded, in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, I have the unique opportunity to share time and attention with my patients. We reflect on “the old days” of medicine, where physicians had […]
And She Sang… -by Mickey Ryan, CRNP Almost 100 years old and as frail as a whisper, she came to the inpatient unit for relief of pain, caused by skin breakdown the likes of which none of us had ever seen. Her hip bone could be visualized without the benefit of X-Rays. She just didn’t […]
What is “Walking on Sacred Ground”? I have started this website to be a place where you can find encouragement, resources and discussion on end of life care. In addition to that, it is a sharing space to tell your story, to remember a special someone, or to help others along the way.
The Promise -Grace DiPipi It was my father’s 84th birthday on February 12th, 1976 and the family got together to celebrate with cake and coffee. I baked a birthday cake and went to his home with my husband and my two children, who were 5 and 7 years old. He was very happy to celebrate […]
Faith and Death By Mary Chory – On July 13 and on August 28, 2013, it was 40 years since my 21 year old brother and my Mom died 6 weeks apart. It was the summer of 1973 when my big Irish family of 7, shockingly, became a family of 5. So here we were—Dad, myself […]
Small Moments for Compassion By Andy Probolus MD FAAFP – I try more and more to be aware for the small moments during the course of clinical work that can be moments for providing compassionate presence to another. Our attention is automatically on the patients who stand at the center of care we provide. What […]
Auntie Rita By Marian West – I shall never forget accompanying Rita in her final battle. It was one of the highest honors of my 14-month mission in Brooklyn, NY, with Heart’s Home (www.heartshomeusa.org). Our mission was simply to be a presence of compassion, and to offer friendship to the isolated, lonely, and suffering ones. […]
By Mickey Ryan, CRNP – Often, while their loved one is dying here in the inpatient unit, or even after they’ve passed away, a family member will thank me and say something like, “…it takes a special person to do this work”. Today the husband of a dying woman said, “You must […]
Alzheimer’s Antics -by Linda Forte Alzheimer’s is a serious disease. But it is important to acknowledge some of the humorous times and remember that this is still a vital time of life for those experiencing it, so don’t be afraid to laugh a little and love a lot.
Ave Maria By Linda Forte – My father was a little Italian man. All of 5 foot 2. But he was strong as an ox. I remember when he was in the nursing home, in later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He no could longer recognize any of us – except for his wife Irene. His […]